Aaron Colvin returns to anchor defense
This is part one of a five-part series looking at Oklahoma football's top returning starters. The order does not dictate ranking.
It doesn’t happen very often that Oklahoma has less than three preseason All-Big 12 selections; but this year, that’s the case. And the Sooners were lucky to have their second selection on the All-Big 12 team, as this defensive back seriously considered entering the draft, but decided to stay for his senior season.
Aaron Colvin, who many consider one of the top defensive backs in the country, takes over as the defensive leader as OU will look to regain their title as one of the best defenses in the country this season.
The last time Colvin was on the field ended in a huge disappointment as Texas A&M, and more specifically Johnny Manziel, torched Colvin and the Oklahoma defense en route to a 41-13 Cotton Bowl thumping.
Nonetheless, the past can’t be changed. But Colvin does have control of what happens in the future. The offseason, Colvin says, has been a good time to improve certain areas for him and the defense.
“This offseason, we’ve focused on finishing; so when that translates to the fourth quarter, we’ll finish,” Colvin said at Big 12 Football media day. “Personally, I want to see the defense go out there and get back to that mindset of having that chip on our shoulder and going out there and dominating every offense.”
One game Colvin and the Sooners will have circled as a ‘chip-on-the-shoulder’ kind of game, will be Sept. 28 against Notre Dame in South Bend. Last season, the Irish took down Oklahoma at home 30-13 in another win on their way to an undefeated season and a national championship appearance.
With so many teams not only in the conference, but also across the country, breaking in new quarterbacks, Colvin and his defense will have to do more scouting than normal. Despite the number of new quarterbacks, the Big 12 will still continue to be the pass-savvy league it has been over the past decade or so.
This season, Colvin believes he can improve his draft stock even more than what many were telling him last season. Colvin, an Owasso native, was expected to be a second to third round pick in April’s NFL Draft.
In addition to improving his draft stock, Colvin returned for other reasons. Growing up, his mother always taught him to finish something he started.
Colvin still has his eyes on many goals including winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, becoming an All-American and competing for a national championship.
With many question marks surrounding this team, many on the defensive side of the ball, Colvin and the Sooners will have an uphill battle waiting for them when the season begins Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe.
Carson Williams is a University College freshman